A manufacturer’s warranty most likely arrived with your brand-new heater or air conditioner. Certain repairs, replacements, and parts are covered by this agreement. Over the course of your system’s lifecycle, it can save you thousands of dollars and provide a solid warranty to protect you from defective equipment. Unfortunately, even if you do so unintentionally, there are a number of things you can do to nullify this agreement. Let’s look at six warranty blunders that every homeowner should never make.
1. Failure to Register Your Warranties
One of the biggest errors that homeowners make is forgetting to register their warranties after installing new equipment. It is assumed that these guarantees are always in effect and accessible when products are backed by them.
However, there is always paperwork to fill out and submit before your warranty becomes active. Don’t make the mistake of putting this paperwork aside and forgetting about it. Attempting to finish it several months or years after a product has been installed and problems have arisen may be too little, too late.
Homeowners can frequently register their warranties online. If you do not complete this simple step, you may have difficulty submitting a repair or parts replacement request. Worse, if you wait too long, your unregistered warranty may be considered void. By completing the required papers or online forms as soon as possible, you can best avoid the difficulties and delays that tardy registration or non-registration can bring about.
2. Faulty Installation
There are a lot of things that may go wrong when installing a heater or air conditioner, especially if you assign the incorrect individual to the task. Therefore, it is always recommended to have a certified HVAC professional handle this project for you. In fact, the majority of manufacturers of HVAC equipment need it. If the machine or any of its components are harmed during installation, your manufacturer won’t honor your guarantee. If components are missing or connections are bad, you won’t be covered by the guarantee.
3. Excessive Do-It-Yourself Maintenance
Homeowners can and should take a few simple steps to keep their systems clean and functioning properly. Diligent maintenance is essential for achieving peak performance and maximizing HVAC system efficiency. However, there are some things you should never try to do on your own. This is true for both troubleshooting and general heating and cooling equipment maintenance. For example, while you can change the air filter in your HVAC system and lightly dust certain interior and exterior components, some parts are protected by a protective casing that should never be removed by anyone other than a licensed professional. Taking the cover off any HVAC motors will void your warranty. Even if you have a friend, coworker, or family member who is knowledgeable about HVAC goods but not licensed, it’s crucial to keep this in mind. Your guarantee may not be valid if specified tasks are carried out by anyone who is not a certified HVAC contractor.
4. Lack of Proper Documentation of HVAC Maintenance
Reading the agreement attentively is one of the best methods to prevent nullifying your warranty. The terms of HVAC warranties are far from one-sided. You must treat your equipment with a particular quality of care, just as you would expect the equipment’s maker to replace any defective parts and fix any issues caused by poor design or manufacturing. These services go above and beyond the standard filter replacements you can handle on your own. You must adhere to any recommendations for routine inspections and tune-ups made by the manufacturer of your HVAC equipment. The only reliable way to demonstrate that you’ve kept up with these duties is to have all HVAC services fully recorded when submitting a warranty repair request. This is another another compelling argument in favor of doing ongoing HVAC maintenance with only licensed HVAC experts. You won’t be able to demonstrate to the equipment manufacturer that you’ve kept your part of the bargain if you complete the work yourself or hire a regular handyman.
5. Installing the Wrong Replacement Parts
Only factory OEM parts should be installed in your heater or air conditioner. Even if you submit a warranty request for a different part, installing a single off-brand component can void your entire warranty. Installing potentially incompatible products or parts that were not designed and approved by the original equipment manufacturer can result in wear and tear in other areas, outright system failure, or a shorter lifespan for the system. Although buying off-brand parts may appear to be less expensive now, you may end up paying hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in repairs in the future.
6. Putting Off Yearly Maintenance
Whatever the manufacturer of the heating or cooling equipment has specified for ongoing care, the one thing that all businesses require is annual service. This annual service, in particular, must be performed by licensed HVAC professionals. In some cases, working with technicians who are certified to work with the specific equipment brand that you own may be required. This is a significant expense that can save you a lot of money. Missing or delaying annual maintenance appointments may result in you being responsible for all future parts replacement and repair costs.
Knowing The Differences Between Installer And Manufacturer Warranties
Reputable HVAC installers support the work they do just as willingly as reputable HVAC equipment manufacturers do with their goods. An HVAC company that you hire to install your heater or air conditioner will be held accountable for any damages resulting from their installation work. The best thing is that skilled technicians who do these tasks can quickly determine whether bad craftsmanship or subpar design and manufacture caused parts to be destroyed. When warranty difficulties emerge, they can help you get your defective equipment repaired or replaced because they are accustomed to working with HVAC manufacturers. If nothing else, they can provide you with useful data for problem reporting.
Installer warranties, like manufacturer warranties, have terms and conditions. As a result, whenever you purchase new HVAC equipment, spend some time reading through both agreements. By carefully following the requirements outlined in your warranties, you can ensure that the associated protections are maintained throughout the life of your new boiler, furnace, or AC unit.